Linda Byars and The Children’s Home: A Christmas match made in heaven

Group of human palms on all sides of a cut out house diagram with setting sun coming through window over water After her husband passed away in 2010, Linda Byars faced the question many of us will face one day: what to do now? With a passion for helping children in need, she thought of retiring from her job as a labor arbitrator – which requires travel – and become a foster parent. After praying about it, this life-long Christian decided she was better suited to stay at her job, one that afforded her to keep working after an age when most people retire, and instead find a way to help struggling families stay together in a Christian, nurturing environment. She began donating to The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH).   “God has given me time on this earth, energy, and work I love,” says Linda. “To be perfectly honest, my work is a lot easier than being a foster parent! But being a donor allows me to be a part of  The United Methodist Children’s Home ministry.”   Indeed Linda is a part of our ministry. This year, she has given a gift that will impact  numerous families. Because this time of year can be so special, but also so difficult for some families, Linda offered to match, dollar for dollar, donations coming in to The Children’s Home for the Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday season.   “Linda is truly an angel,” said UMCH Vice President of Development John Cerniglia. “Thanks to her dedication to The Children’s Home, her generous, Christian heart, and her example to the larger UMCH donor community, we raised more than  $25,000 during this very important giving season.”   Linda says she knows she is blessed to be able to get up every day and do meaningful work that she enjoys and not need the income from that work. “I know that The Children’s Home can use my income better than I can. I am grateful for their work, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”   Won’t you consider joining Linda in giving to The Children’s Home? If you make a donation before Dec. 31, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $94,000 due to the kindness of a few special and anonymous donors.